Apr 12, 2017 0
By: Alvaro Fernandez
Hundreds of companies around the globe, now including Elon Musk’s Neuralink and even Facebook, are researching and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper, and healthier.
What explains this flurry of activity? Where may it be headed?
To help you understand what’s going on, let me highlight five key facts that emerged from the recent SharpBrains Virtual Summit.
Fact 1. There are 7.5 billion human brains out there, and everyone needs help
Consider all unmet needs derived from the traditional pharma-exclusive approach to brain health.
Learning and cognitive disabilities in children are growing significantly, from ADHD and OCD, to autism. The related emotional and economic burden is substantial — yet, over 60-70% of those with treatment have poor outcomes, and many who need help don’t get any.
Globally, around 350 million people suffer from depression. Add to that substance abuse, and we are talking hundreds of millions of people without proper care and very high relapse rates for the lucky ones getting help.
Concussions and brain impairments pervade through millions of veterans and high-contact sports practitioners, yet diagnosis and treatments are elusive.
And let’s not forget the perfectly healthy. Read the rest of this entry »